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The remains of a ship-wreck provided an unusual frame for the east Whitby scar and distant piers.

The wreckage is that of the "Cretablock", a WWII blockade vessel, which had been one of two concrete barges intended to be sunk at the nearby harbour entrance in WWII in the event of an invasion.

Thankfully, there was no invasion and the two barges remained on their moorings in the upper harbour on Belle Island at Whitby (my playground as a child) until they were removed for scrap in the latter half of the 1900's.

The fact that the Creatablock was washed ashore here was purely accidental...It broke its tow-rope in a heavy swell when being towed by tug to a breakers yard and the force of nature blew her onto this scar where it has stubbornly refused to disappear for the last forty years!

The two barges were built in the early 1900's for the British Admiralty..It's darned good stuff is ferro-concrete!

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Whitby, England

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  • Uploaded on November 5, 2010
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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Exposure: 0.006s
    • Focal Length: 10.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.828
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash